The Communist Trials And The American Tradition: Expert Testimony On Force And Violence And Democracy was first
published in 1956 and is now reprinted for a contemporary generation of readers in a newly supplemented edition, scholar,
activist, and educator John Somerville provides the reader with a brilliant and comprehensive analysis of the social and
political impact of the three Smith Act trials that took place during the McCarthy anti-communist political witch hunts of
the 1950s in The Communist Trials And The American Tradition: Expert Testimony On Force And Violence And
Democracy. Highly recommended reading for all students of 20th century American political history, Somerville's book
continues to be an engaging, informative, challenging, enduring contribution to our understanding of the trauma inflicted by
the anti-communist hysteria of the times.